Beauty and the Beast is a high-concept genre show that walks the line between straight police procedural and complex supernatural series. The early part of the season skewed much more heavily toward the former—and therefore toward being told from cop Catherine’s (Kristin Kreuk) point of view. But luckily for us (and series star Jay Ryan), it looks like the tide is turning and Vincent is finally getting his time to shine. After all, he is what makes this show unique.
“I’ve been pushing for the mythology 100% because that is what drew me to the project in the first place. Vincent is the staple of the tone of the mythology in this show, and I really want the show to be a balance of the procedural and the mythology, and I think it can be a mix of those two genres, but it can be a tough thing to do. As I see more and more episodes starting to come in, though, it’s really getting there [and] that’s what keeps me interested in coming to work every day,” Ryan told LA TV Insider Examiner when we caught up with him on a rare shooting break a few weeks ago.
Enter “Out of Control” and “Trapped”, or as we’re calling them “Vincent’s Very Special Episodes.” As we’ve already started seeing, Vincent’s DNA has started mutating, leaving him with periods of lost time and uncontrollable Beast mode and moods, putting his loved ones at risk. But JT (Austin Basis) thinks he has found a cure—not for Vincent’s overall affliction, but for the recent amplification of it.
“Vincent is basically self-imprisoned in a cage because he’s going to try to get rid of this mutation that’s causing him to black out,” Ryan said of “Out of Control.”
“As this thing mutates, we flash back in these black outs, and that’s where we start to discover where this Beast experiment started, who started it, and the connection to Catherine and her mother. It’s quite a shock to Vincent because he has these memories that he just didn’t remember before…He doesn’t really trust himself, and we find out why he doesn’t trust himself for different reasons as the series goes along. We start to unravel, through flashbacks, how he started to turn into the Beast, and we pinpoint the different people it was done by.”
Once Vincent starts to feel like he has his Beast under control, thanks to this (however temporary) “cure,” Vincent starts to feel “the best he’s ever felt,” per Ryan.
“He starts to take risks by getting out in society a little bit more and trying to get into Catherine’s social life a little bit more,” he added.
But don’t assume that Vincent is itching for JT to continue on and cure him completely of his inner Beast.
“There’s this idea that if he lost this beast and was just a normal guy, then he fears what he would have to offer Catherine at all,” Ryan admitted.
“It’s a double-edged sword, but I think he just wants to know that he has control of this demon inside of him…[“Trapped”] is great episode for Vincent because we get to see him as a young soldier, as well, which is very different to how he is now, with this huge burden on his shoulders. And then as he discovers this antidote that suppresses the mutation, he starts to really take the lead in the relationship with Catherine. Vincent thinks he has the Beast under control, and he’s feeling really good.”
Beauty and the Beast airs on The CW on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. “Out of Control” airs on November 29th 2012 at and Trapped” airs on December 6th 2012.
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